Glenn C. Dempsey
June 12, 1941 - May 15, 2008
Glenn C. Dempsey, "Mr. Buick," was born June 12, 1941, in Owen-Withee, the son of the late Lewis L. and Geraldine (nee Klaussen) Dempsey. He grew up in Waukesha and graduated from Waukesha South High School, where he also met and married Shirley Kessler in 1959. They would have been married 49 years July 30.
Before moving to their current home in Fort Atkinson, Glenn and his wife Shirley lived in Dousman on a small hobby farm. They encouraged their three children to get involved in the 4-H beef project and were 4-H leaders for a number of years. Glenn drove refrigerated semi during the week and helped his kids with the farm on the weekends, which got him the handle of "Weekend Farmer." They eventually sold their hobby farm and relocated to Fort Atkinson.
Glenn and Shirley started the Jefferson Transport Service (JTS) from their home in 1980 and then built their current facility on Industrial Drive in 1985. He was a member of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the Truck Carriers Association. Glenn prided himself on the fact that JTS transported locally produced refrigerated foods from Jefferson and the state of Wisconsin throughout the 48 states. He retired from the business, which Shirley still runs, in 2005.
During his retirement, he raised a golden retriever puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind. After turning the puppy back for Leader Dog training, Glenn started transporting dogs for Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever, which is a golden retriever rescue group. He also took in foster dogs for WAAGR until they could be placed in their forever homes. The first dog Glenn and Shirley fostered they immediately adopted. Glenn went on to foster two more puppies while he still went on transports all over the country. Glenn was forced to stop his driving in 2007 when his eyesight became compromised due to his diabetes.
Glenn was active in the community as a member of the Cab Brunch Committee. Not only was he instrumental in procuring donations of food for the brunch, but he could always be found in the kitchen cooking the day of the brunch. Glenn could also be found helping Shirley at the Jefferson Chamber brat stand.
Glenn was also well-known for his love of Buicks. In 1989, Glenn purchased a 1969 Buick Grand Sport for his wife Shirley. That car was a catalyst and Glenn’s collection expanded to 10 cars, many of which he personally restored. Five of his cars went on to win five Senior Awards, which is a record for any one person to have. After winning so many Senior Awards, Glenn retired from showing his cars and was a BCA judge. Glenn was an expert on Buick Grand Sports and was often referred to as "Mr. Buick." His cars were featured in the GM Collector’s Guide as well as published in "Motor City Muscle" by Mike Mueller, which is a coffee table book about muscle cars. Glenn was a member of the BCA, Rock Valley Buick Club and the GS Club of America. Glenn suffered a heart attack while attending his 25th GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Ky., on Thursday, May 15, 2008.
Additionally, Glenn collected toy trucks and peddle cars, which he displayed along with his enumerable GS trophies. He also grew and maintained a large vegetable garden every summer that he shared with his neighbors. He also had floats and trucks in the Jefferson Parade of Lights as well as the Gemuetlichkeit Parade.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Fort Atkinson; two daughters, Denise (Gary) Plencner of Pleasant Prairie and Lori (Randy) Erdmann of Fort Atkinson; one son, Guy Dempsey of Jefferson; four grandchildren, Jenifer Erdmann, Audra Erdmann, Brandy Dempsey and Bailey Dempsey; and one brother, Donald (Joan) Dempsey of Burbank, Calif.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Dempsey.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, 900 W. Racine St., Jefferson. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, May 24, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Nancy Carmichael officiating.
The family requests donations in Glenn’s name be made to Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever, 12605 W. North Ave., No. 285, Brookfield, WI 53005, or Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48307.
Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, (920) 674-3960, is serving the family. Due to the construction on Highway 18, the funeral home is asking guests and family to please use the funeral home entrance on West Milwaukee Street.